Participants keenly follow the conference proceedings
The issue of road safety is becoming a major cause of concern in Kenya, with statistics showing that an average of 3000 people in the country die every year due to road accidents. It was on this realization that the Japan Ex-participants Alumni of Kenya (JEPAK) selected road safety as the theme for this year's conference. The conference was attended by JEPAK members, members of the disciplined forces, stakeholders in the public transport sector, Japanese experts and members of the public.
Attendants of the annual JEPAK conference held at a Nairobi hoteL (Inset) Dr. Gichuki Senior Lecturer, KARI
JEPAK held its Annual National Conference on managing land for faster National Development on the 31st October 2006. The seminar coincided with the launch of Kenya's Land Policy by the Government.
The conference attracted about 80 participants from the public and private sectors. The official opening speech was by Mr. Joseph K Mathenge, Director of Surveys Kenya, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Land and Settlement, Mr. Kombo Mwero. Prof. H.W:O. Okoth-Ogendo delivered a keynote speech. According to Prof. Okoth-Ogendo, land policy is a comprehensive blue print or document that is designed to eliminate the fundamental distortions that deny the citizens optimum access to land with a view of making it more productive for the benefit of the country.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Settlement thanked JICA for continued support to Kenya. He acknowledged that JICA had sponsored programs in land-related disciplines such as Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System that can be used to enhance land use.
JICA Resident Representative, Mr.Yoshiaki Kano, noted that the National Land Policy had addressed land issues in a holistic manner and had, in this context, covered critical areas such as land administration, land tenure and land delivery systems. He hoped that the Land Policy once approved, would be implemented so as to promote optimal, equitable and efficient use of land.